Visits

The project activities will take place during 2 school years (2012/2013 and 2013/2014). The most important activities are study visits. There will be 7 visits and each country will host students and teachers from other participants' countries for 5 days.

Hungary, March of 2014

The Hungarian partner institution called the Vasvári Pál Secondary School of Economics welcomed the teachers and students from Spain, Germany, Croatia, Poland, Lithuania and Estonia participating in our common project: "Our Way to Freedom". The 6th rotation took place 20-24. March 2014.

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After their arrival in Budapest all the delegations were transported to our hometown called Szeged. The host families with enthusiasm and excitement waited for the transfer buses in front of our school.

On Friday our guests had the opportunity to get to know our town in the form of a quiz and a sightseeing. The students could also visit a few lessons to experience the everyday school life. In the afternoon all the participants presented their project videos that were based on the topic: "Feedbacks in art, culture and literature". This event provided us with a chance to demonstrate some elements of the Hungarian folk culture and cuisine.

On Saturday a busload of Comenius teachers and students took a trip to Budapest in order to visit the House of Terror, the Parliament and the Royal Palace of Buda. On Sunday the guest students spent their whole day with their host families, and their teachers went to the National Heritage Park of Ópusztaszer and relaxed in the Anna Bath in Szeged.

On Monday we had to say goodbye to our guests who hopefully left Hungary with nice and unforgettable memories.

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Lithuania, November of 2013

The November month for Gelvonai Secondary School was special because from 14th to 18th we had 36 guests, teachers and students, from six European countries: Spain, Estonia, Croatia, Poland, Hungary and Germany. Such a squad of guests, teachers and students from abroad our school have had for the first time.

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The meeting started from the welcoming at Širvintos Municipality on Friday. Here our foreign guests were met by the school headmistress Ona Valančienė. Our guests also met with the district government officials - Mayor Vincas Jasiukevičius, Deputy Mayor Andrius Jozonis and others. After a short but warm meeting the participants came to our school. Here the guests and our students watched the presentations: reports, slides, videos. Later we went to Kernavė - the first Lithuanian capital and visited Kernavė Archaeological Site museum, listened to the stories of our students, walked around and climbed Kernavė mounds.

On Saturday all students and teachers started their visit in Vilnius. They were taken to see the sculpture 'The Road to Freedom', then all groups had a guided tour in the National Museum of Lithuanian Grand Dukes. After that we visited Genocide Museum. In the evening our guests had a great opportunity to learn more about Lithuanian food, they spent their time in 'Marceliukės klėtis' restaurant.

On Sunday we visited the building of Lithuanian Radio and Television Committee, the TV Tower, a symbol of the struggle for freedom and independence for the whole Lithuanian nation. Later we went to the Lithuanian Parliament. Here teachers and students toured the barricades that surrounded the Seimas building. In the afternoon, students and teachers visited the Memorial complex of the Tuskulėnai Peace Park. The most interesting part of the meeting was visiting the Soviet bunker, where all participants of the survival drama found themselves in the USSR and became the citizens of a totalitarian state. At the end of the day all guests could visit our famous leisure and shop center 'Akropolis' and play bowling or buy some souvenirs.

Monday was the day when we had to say 'Good bye' to all groups and wish them a successful journey home…

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Poland, September of 2013

Polish school called 70th High School named after Aleksander Kaminski organized the fourth project meeting and it took place between 19 – 23 September 2013. We hosted 31 students and teachers from our partner schools from Germany, Hungary, Croatia, Lithuania, Estonia and Spain. All the students stayed with their host families and the teachers were accommodated in a nearby hotel.

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19 September, Thursday was the arrival day for all the participants who came from different parts of Europe on different times of the day. We all met at our school on Friday morning, the 20th, for the official opening of the project meeting in Poland. After the warm welcome and the exchange of greetings there was a film show of all the documentaries produced in the fourth block of our project called "Controversial people". After that one of the former underground opposition leaders Andrzej Celiński gave a lecture about "Polish way to democracy".

In the second part of the day spent at school the guests had a chance to participate in the lesson of history and geography "Discover Poland" prepared especially for them as well as learn how to dance a Polish national dance called Polonez. That class was carried out by one of the PE teachers from our school who is a professional dance trainer too. In the meantime, the coordinators from all the partner schools met to discuss some current issues connected with the organisation of the project. Following that, all the participants were invited for a degustation of Polish traditional cuisine prepared by the students of our school and the school principal.

In the afternoon the Comenius group left the school and went to the centre of Warsaw to sightsee its Old Town as well as the remains of the old Jewish district. Our guests split into smaller groups and each of them was accompanied by two or three Polish students who showed them the most interesting places and sights of Warsaw Old Town. The evening was spent with the hosts and their families.

On Saturday morning all the foreign guests as well as most Polish students involved in the project set off really early for their trip to Gdansk and Sopot. After the accommodation in one of Gdansk youth hostels, we all visited the Museum of Gdansk Shipyard and saw the exhibition "Ways To Freedom" that was thematically connected with our project and helped the foreign guests understand the course of events that took place in Poland and led to the collapse of the communist regime in Poland. In the evening we all had a walk to Gdansk Old Town.

Sunday was spent mostly on socializing and relaxing at the seaside in Sopot, we also went to the old pier there. We got back to Warsaw late in the evening.

On Monday, the 23rd, all the groups went home, it was the end of project meeting in Poland.

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Germany, March of 2013

The Gregor-Mendel-Gymnasium in Amberg was very happy to host the second project meeting of our common Comenius project "Our way to Freedom" from 14th to 18th March 2013.

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On the first day the delegations from Hungary, Poland, Estonia, Lithuania, Spain and Poland arrived at the airport in Nuremberg and were picked up there by our teachers. The host families waited for their guests at the train station in Amberg - the first evening was spent in the host families.

On Friday the pupils were attending lessons while the teachers were discussing some project matters, then our headmaster welcomed our international guests and all the presentations were shown. After lunch we were welcomed by the mayor of Amberg in the townhall before one of our colleagues showed the city of Amberg to our guests. In the late afternoon we all went to the waterworld of Kurfürstenbad.

On Saturday all pupils went to Nuremberg to visit two museums: the documentation centre and the memorial Nuremberg trials. Of course, there was also enough time to taste the famous Nuremberg sausages and to do some shopping.

On Sunday the whole group went – after a free morning – to Mödlareuth to visit the German-German museum.

On Monday we had to say good-bye to our guests after some very nice days….

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Croatia, May of 2013

Between 9th and 13th May 2013, Prva srednja informatička škola from Zagreb, Croatia, was the host for students and teachers form other countries participating in the project during the 3rd project rotation. All countries presented their documentaries related to the main topic of the rotation (The Repressive Methods) and Croatia presented the website for the project.

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Students and teachers were able to get to know the capital city of Croatia and learn more about the history of Zagreb, the cultural heritage of Croatia and its citizens. On Saturday, 11th May, we all took a journey to the east of Croatia. The target was Vukovar – the Hero City. This city, almost completely destroyed in the war after a brave defence, is a symbol of the Croatian War for Independence. We visited places where hundreds of people were killed after the Yugoslavian army had occupied Vukovar. This journey was a message to all young people who were there, a message against war and hate.

On Sunday, 12th May, students and teachers had an opportunity to enjoy themselves in the natural beauties of Croatia while on a visit to the oldest national park in the southeast Europe: Plitvice Lakes National Park, also added to the UNESCO World Heritage register among the first natural sites worldwide.

After a nice time spent in learning, visiting places of great historical and natural importance and hanging out, all participants went home with memories that will last forever.

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Spain, November of 2012

From Thursday 29th November to Monday 3rd December, the INS Pere Ribot from Vilassar de Mar (Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain) received the visit of six foreign teams with 25 students and 12 teachers. The mild temperatures and the warm general atmosphere was very positive.

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On the first session and after the event where all the videos were watched, the teams got to Barcelona to see different sights related to the topic related and so some shopping. On Saturday, there was a guided visit at the Museum of History of Catalonia, situated in the Old port of Barcelona and in the afternoon the visitors where escorted to some other areas of the city, such as the Ciutadella Park and Catalonia Square.

Sunday was a day off for our students where they were able to enjoy the hospitality from our guests, stay on the beach and more around the area of Maresme (the way the region is called). The teachers joined to enjoy a local paella meal by the coast.

On Monday, all the teams flew away and we hope they all enjoyed the visit in our country.

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